Amitabha, aka: Amitābha, Amitābhā; 12 Definition(s)
amita : (adj.) boundless; immeasurable.
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amitābha : (adj.) of boundless lustre.
Amitābha (also Amita), Skt. (Jap., Amida), lit., “Boundless Light”; one of the most important and popular buddhas of the Mahāyāna, unknown in early Buddhism. He is ruler of the western paradise Sukhāvati, which is not to be understood as a location but as a state of consciousness. Amitābha is at the center of the worship of the Pure Land school of Chinese and Japanese Buddhism. He symbolizes mercy and wisdom.
West, red, padma (lotus) family, passion and discriminating awareness, governs the present age.
One of the 5 Transcendent Buddhas;
Amitabha is the transcendent Buddha of the Western “Pure Land.” Amitabha rules over this period of time.
Sanskrit; Amida (Japanese); one of the major buddhas of Mayahana school; he created a Pure Land free from suffering in which one can attain rebirth by calling out his name.
1. Amita - One of the two chief women disciples of Padumuttara Buddha (Bu.xi.25; J.i.37; SA.ii.68; DA.ii.489).
2. Amita - One of the two daughters of Sihahanu (the other being Pamita) and therefore a sister of Suddhodana, the Buddhas father.
She married Suppabuddha the Sakiyan and had two children, Bhaddakaccana and Devadatta.
She was a grand daughter of Devadaha Sakka (Mhv.ii.16-22; see Rockhill, p.13, where her son is called Kalyanavardhana).
She is the paternal aunt of the Buddha, referred to as being the mother of Tissa Thera (v.l. Amata). ThagA.i.105; MA.i.289.
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A king of twenty five kappas ago; a previous birth of Aggapupphiya Thera (v.l. Amitobhava, Amitogata). Ap.i.229.
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A king of twenty five kappas ago; a previous birth of Ekasannaka Thera. Ap.i.210.
He is the Buddha of Unlimited Light and rules over the Western paradise of Sukhavati. Legends say that a monk wished to attain Buddha hood and for this purpose he made 48 vows. This monk, after a number of lifetime practice, became Buddha Amitabha. He is generally regarded either an object of meditation or embodiment of passion.
Amitabha is a celestial buddha described in the scriptures of the Mahayana school of Buddhism. Amitabha is the principal buddha in the Pure Land sect, a branch of Buddhism practiced mainly in East Asia. According to these scriptures, Amitabha possesses infinite merits resulting from good deeds over countless past lives as a bodhisattva named Dharmakara. "Amitabha" is translatable as "Infinite Light," hence Amitabha is often called "The Buddha of Infinite Light."
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